Teacher Awarded Fulbright Grant
In the next few weeks Roxhill Elementary School teacher Mike Popelka will pack up and move his family a continent and an ocean away to The Netherlands.
His journey is part lifelong dream to live overseas and part lifelong dedication to teaching. The next year will catapult that dedication to his craft and profession to a level many only dream about.
Popelka recently accepted a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching grant. The longtime kindergarten teacher is one of only 45 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad this year through Fulbright's teaching program.
While in The Netherlands, Popelka will study the Dutch educational system - specifically how the system supports minority and immigrant students. Later, he plans to translate his study into practice both at Roxhill and across the district. His goal is to help find a way to help eliminate opportunity gaps for his students and all students.
Eliminating opportunity gaps is the issue of our time and it is the mission of Seattle Public Schools. The district has broken up that mission into several areas of focus called the "Four P's". Popelka's work speaks to one of those "P's" in particular - Positive Beliefs.
Positive Beliefs means changing hearts and minds through student and family supports, but also through professional development. We encourage and help all our educators grow and achieve both personally and professionally. We embrace their ideas and encourage them to translate them into the classroom in order to create the best educational experience for students.
Here's more information on the district's mission to eliminate opportunity gaps and how you can get involved.
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